The Princess of Burundi

The Princess of Burundi

Book - 2006
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When a jogger finds a dead body in the snow, the members of Sweden's Uppsala police force uncover a victim with an unsettling history. John Jonsson, known to everyone as Little John, was a respectable family man and a local expert on tropical fish. But he had been quite a troublemaker, and his delinquent past seems to have caught up with him. Despite being on maternity leave, Inspector Ann Lindell is determined to find John's murderer. The cruel cat-and-mouse game that follows leads Ann to a deadly confrontation with a treacherous killer. Ann must decide whether to take a huge risk that could result in many more dead bodies in the snow, including hers and that of her unborn child.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne, 2006.
ISBN: 9780312327682
Branch Call Number: ERI
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Segerberg, Ebba - Translator


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Dec 14, 2017

This is much more than a mystery , it’s a deep analysis of many characters ‘ complex personalities
their secret dreams, their involved relationships with each other . A grim , dark , freezing atmosphere
permeates the book , the perfect setting for the puzzling, confounding murder case Detective Inspector Ann Liddell is trying to solve. The truth slowly and seamlessly emerges and the reader realizes that he was led to the conclusion effortlessly . I recommend it!!

Nov 15, 2016

The first book in the Ann Lindell series

Jul 16, 2015

Yaikes! I don't recommend it! I disliked the story and the style of writing!

Dec 08, 2014

I hate giving such low ratings, but this was awful. I gave up more than halfway through--I'm too old to waste my time on really bad writing-- and I have no idea who the main character was supposed to be, and should one know that after 180 pages? I didn't know who I supposed to like, as none of the characters was the least bit likable. There was no princess, and no Burundi--although I suspect that eventually a ship might become involved. Really, I just don't care how it ended.

Aug 12, 2014

Maybe it was my mood (after all, it did win an award), or maybe it was the translation, but i found it odd and boring, and never finished it.

Apr 17, 2012

I really wanted to like this Swedish best seller but in truth, found it a tough slog. It is a police procedural but extremely slow moving ( til the end) and a deeply introspective story. Much of the story takes place in each character's mind, the conversations they have with themselves being much wordier & revealing than the conversations they have with each other. Then all of a sudden, the identity & subsequent capture of the murderer , the discovery of a missing child & an assault on his mother plus another murder all take place in the last 20 pages. I would have appreciated some of this action a little earlier in the story.

Jan 10, 2012

This is book #4 in the Detectives Ann Lindell and Ola Haver series set in Oslo but was the first to be translated into English; one British reviewer said it’s “a very good book but humourless” and another said “cold, unrelenting, grim, excellent” but other reviewers say it’s only so-so; I think those reviewers are only half right and I don’t know what the basis for the criticisms could be, because it’s a rather good police procedural; and no, it’s not “humourless” but even if it were, this is a murder mystery and not a joke book, though people used to airport stuff might be expect it to be a laugh a minute as indeed a few of the better ones are; anyhow, all murder mysteries are “grim” to one extent or another; but I do not think it is at all “cold” and the characters are often given a mix of good and bad features and are sufficiently well-described that their motivations and internal conflicts become understandable to the reader; and whatever it is, it is not “so-so”; one of the book’s best features is that it is Swedish and the translator has not stooped to changing things Swedish into alien things American for the sake of greater US book sales

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